CES 2017 is the first Consumer Electronics Show attended by Chinese tech giant LeEco since the company changed their name (formerly Letv) and officially launched their phones in the United States last October. Anyhow, LeEco has introduced two new products as part of its portfolio in North America, namely two connected smart bicycles equipped with touchscreens. In fact, the LeEco Smart Road Bike and Smart Mountain Bike that were introduced yesterday at CES are technically a follow-up to LeEco’s Super Bike unveiled last October in the US.
Starting off with the LeEco Smart Road Bike, its frame, fork, handlebar, wheels, and seat post have all been manufactured from Toray T700 carbon fiber and feature an aerodynamic design. The bike is “powered” by an 11-speed one-by drivetrain with a wide-range cassette at the back and a single chain ring up front “eliminating two-derailleur coordinated shifting”, and is equipped with lightweight brake sets featuring dual-pivot technology. Moving on to the LeEco Smart Mountain Bike, it too features a Toray T700 carbon fiber handlebar and frame, and adopts an SR Suntour XCR Air fork at the front, as well as a hydraulic brake set. Furthermore, the bike is equipped with 27.5”/650b diameter wheels, as well as an 11-speed one-by drivetrain with a chain ring crankset, a wide-range 11-42 tooth cassette, and “quick and smooth rear derailleur”.
As LeEco’s smart and connected bicycles, both the Smart Road Bike and Smart Mountain Bike are equipped with 4-inch touchscreens with unspecified resolutions, driven by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 System-on-Chip. The system is powered by a 6,000 mAh lithium-ion battery and runs on a custom operating system based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow dubbed “BikeOS”. The package is capable of providing turn-by-turn navigation through HERE Maps, walkie-talkie communications with other compatible LeEco smart bikes in the vicinity, ride logging, and online as well as offline music playback. Furthermore, both bikes are equipped with a range of sensors including a compass, accelerometer, barometer, light level, crank speed and wheel speed sensors, and also offers GPS/GLONASS support along with compatibility for third-party ANT+ heart-rate and fitness monitors. The electronic components are IP54-certified water-resistant, and both bikes are equipped with automatic on-board lighting at the front and sides, a horn, and a security alarm which notifies the owner of the bike’s location through the mobile application. Both smart bicycles are expected to hit the market in the United States in the second quarter of 2017.